Training it to Melbourne’s #MarchinMarch, by @jenoutwest






[clear] By Jenny Bates  @jenoutwest, 17 March, 2014 Our journey to March in March began Sunday morning on a standing room only train to Melbourne – amazing, considering not an AFL colour could be seen. It was obvious this march was going to be big, and it was.  As more people squeezed in at each stop, […]






Labor voter @jenoutwest turns Green in Lalor






By Jenny Bates  @jenoutwest 3 September, 2013 The journey is almost over, and my mission to better understand Lalor candidates has proven to be mission impossible. I naively believed the candidates would be keen to answer questions from any local. My first plan of attack was to ask our retiring MP, former prime minister Julia Gillard […]






Favoured Liberal in marginal La Trobe avoids public forum, as first shots fired in campaign for Julia Gillard’s old seat of Lalor






By Jenny Bates in Lalor and Michelle Slater in La Trobe August 13 Liberal candidate for  the marginal outer-Melbourne seat of La Trobe Jason Wood has declined to attend a public meet-the-candidates forum about education, saying he does not want to attend a single-issue forum. The forum, to be held on Thursday at Emerald Secondary College, […]






Lalor, @juliagillard seat: @jenoutwest reports






Lalor Seat Profile View Larger Map By Jenny Bates 27 July, 2013 Melbourne’s outer western suburbs of Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Laverton, Point Cook, Little River, Werribee South, Wyndham Vale, and parts of Altona Meadows are just some of the areas belonging to the federal seat of Lalor, soon to be vacated by Australia’s first female […]